Bounce, Slide, Crawl, & Run with our HUGE List of Indoor Play Places in Lake County {2017}

The Little Lake County indoor play place Guide is presented by Animal Quest – providing animal education through entertainment in the form of animal shows and parties in the Chicagoland area.

Never hear the phrase “I’m bored” again! When it is too cold, wet, or snowy to go to the park and your kids have a lot of energy to burn, the only solution is an indoor play place. Luckily for us, there are plenty of them right here in Lake County. Let the kids run around while you sit down (and finally!) enjoy your coffee.

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Please note: Most of these places charge admission and some businesses require socks to be worn at all times. They also may have set open play hours. Please check the website or call ahead before heading out.

Indoor Play Places in Lake County

Indoor Imaginative Play in Lake County:

Indoor Play Places in Lake County
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1100 National Pkwy., Schaumburg
$10 per child, Children younger than one year are admitted for free.
The FireZone provides a safe, clean, fun, and engaging environment for children to play in and explore.  The play place features a kid’s dispatch center, a fire station play house, fire poles, ambulences, fire gear, and a water city simulator. This would be perfect to spend a day at with kids who are big fans of firefighters.

401 E. Route 60, Volo (located on Rt. 60, just south of Rt. 120)
$10 Admission, children younger than 12 months are admitted for $6 or free with a paid sibling.
This multi-sensory play place/museum has everything from a glow in the dark cubes, to a giant climbing tower, musical instruments, life sized building blocks and games, and a vast art studio. View their website for special events. See Jessica’s review  for more information.

Kohl Children’s Museum
2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview
Adults and children: $12, children younger than 12 months old are admitted for free.
With their many exhibits, water room, play veternarian station, car garage, house building exhibits, doll room, and art room, your kids will easily want to spend the entire day here and still not want to leave. We loved this place so much we had a membership at one point. Be sure to follow their Facebook page, they often post what days they expect high volumes of crowds to be at the museum.

Little Beans Cafe
430 Asbury Lane, Evanston
$14 admission, $10 each additional sibling.
Featured in our Worth the Trip post, this is an amazing little play place. The main play area is the Little Bean’s Village. Basically, it is a miniature town that was built for kids ages six and younger. Kids can hop in a cozy coupe car or walk to each store and run errands, or hang out in the town square. What is also unique is there’s a recording studio, a photo, booth, and a recording studio for kids. There are also areas for kids to play with LEGO, blocks, and trains.

Round Lake Children’s Museum
814 Hart Road, Round Lake (inside the Robert W. Rolek Community Center)
$5 Admission.
While this play area is technically called a “museum,” it’s really just a very large room with individual areas or “stores” for kids to play in. Since there is only one main floor, it’s an incredibly safe place for your kids to explore and play while parents sit and relax. The hours are limited, and I suggest getting there early because there is a capacity limit. The museum offers membership as well as FREE admission on Wednesday nights. 

Places to Bounce in Lake County:

Indoor Play Places in Lake County
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Bella’s Bouncies
1600 North Milwaukee Ave (Route 83), Unit 402, Lake Villa
$9 Admission per child.
Bella’s has all things bouncy. In addition to a variety of bounce houses in two large rooms, they also have a tube and climbing structure that runs the length of the space. Be sure to call ahead or subscribe to their emails to find out when Open Bounce hours are announced.  Also, make sure you get a FREE balloon and bag of popcorn before you leave. Read about Melissa’s Birthday party experience. All kids must wear socks at all times. Socks can be purchased there as well.

Gymnastics Spot
15 Tower Road, Mundelein
Members $5, Non-members $7.
This is one of the things we do regularly on cold days. My son loves the double trampolines that you can jump off of and land in the foam pit. There are also inflatables for special occassions. Sometimes it is not very crowded! You do not need to be a gym member to attend.

Jump America
880 Lakeside Dr., Gurnee
First hour of jumping is $13, each additional hour $8. 
Who does not like jumping on trampolines? Jump America is a large, family trampoline entertainment park that people of all ages will enjoy. While most of their business hours are for older kids, they do offer a Tot Time jump session  on Wednesday mornings if you have little ones. Please note that all jumpers must wear grippy socks; socks are available for purchase at the facility.

Jump Zone
31223 N. Rt. 12, Volo
1465 Busch Parkway, Buffalo Grove
$10 Admission.
With obstacles, tunnels, slides and bounce houses, kids of any age will be able to jump to their heart’s content.  Jump Zone also has many open play times available. I like that there is an area of bouncies strictly for younger kids, which prevents the older kids from knocking into the younger ones. when it is crowded.Children must wear socks at all times, and adults are NOT allowed on the inflatables.

Libertyville Gymnastics Academy
2610 Commerce Dr, Libertyville
$10.00 per person open gym only, $15 admission open gym with inflatables.
Libertyville Gymnastics Academy opens up their doors to the gym to all on Friday nights and Sunday mornings. You can use all of their gymnastics equipment during Open Gym, including trampolines. For an additional fee, children can bounce in the inflatables too.  You do not need to be a member to attend. Children age six and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Monkey Joe’s
4237 Green Bay Rd., Kenosha, WI
$9.99 weekdays, $10.99 weekends.
This bounce space offers a Mini Monkeys zone for children three and younger in addition to a regular bounce space. Parents are free to bounce with their kidsages four and younger, or parents can hang out in the comfortable lounge area. And Monkey Joe’s takes the extra step of handing out matching wrist bands to caregivers and children, so you know your child can’t leave without you. We really appreciate this extra safety precaution and their commitment to cleanliness.

Pump it Up
1857 Elmdale Ave., Glenview
1095 Pingree Rd #114, Crystal Lake
1230 Roselle Rd, Schaumburg
$12 per child. Adults are FREE.
Pump It Up offers a large variety of play equipment and lots of toddler toys for little ones who are not ready to jump.  I really was impressed by the interactive floor play mat here. Being a franchized business has its perks, and this place is incredibly clean and they have birthday parties down to a science. Open Jump is typically one day during the weekdays, so be sure and check their website for hours since they change it based upon the day of the week.  They also feature Parents Night Out events, schools out events, as well as holiday events.  Children must wear socks at all times.

Rockin’ Jump
950 Busch Parkway, Buffalo Grove
$14 for one hour of jumping, tot time jump is $10 for one parent and child.
Who does not like jumping on trampolines? I recently purchased a groupon to Rockin’ Jump and was blown away by this place. It  is a large family trampoline entertainment park that people of all ages will enjoy–even I had fun.  The place was clean, and had a lot of activities such as trampoline basketball, dodgeball, and a foam pit. While most of their business hours are for older kids, they do offer a Tot Time jump session during the morning on Tuesday through Friday, and early on Saturdays. I took my four year old to jump, and he had a blast. Please note that all jumpers must wear grippy socks; socks are available for purchase at the facility.

Ultimate Gymnastics
1018 Tri State Pkwy, Gurnee
$10 for members, $15 f0r non-members.
Come to open gym on Fridays for non-stop fun. Enjoy time on the in-ground trampolines, pits, tumble tracks, and their three inflatable bounce houses.  Open gym is for kids of all ages and abilities.

Roller Skating in Lake County:

Indoor Play Places in Lake County
Photo Source Just for Fun 2 Roller Rink Facebook Page

Bella’s Bouncies Skate on Grand Roller Rink
720 E. Grand Ave., Fox Lake
Pricing varies by date, check their calendar for pricing.
If your kiddos are just learning to roller skate, this is a great place to go! They have a learner’s mini rink where skaters can practice their new skills before heading out to the bigger floor. Skaters can also use roller skating aids (similar to a walker that you push while skating for stability) for an additional fee.

Just for Fun Roller Rinks
139 N, Seymour Ave, Mundelein
914 Front St., McHenry, IL
Pricing varies by date and rink, please see website for details.
For an old-fashioned good time, lace on a pair of skates and take a whirl around the rink! This is indoor play that even moms and dads will enjoy! Skaters can also use roller skating aids (similar to a walker that you push for stability) .

Indoor Ice Skating Rinks in Lake County:

Indoor Play Places in Lake County
Photo Source Tilt Studio at Rink Side Sports Facebook Page

Centennial Ice Arena
3100 Trail Way, Highland Park
Pricing varies, see website for exact pricing.
Centennial has many different open skate times; some are for adults only and others are for everyone.

Crystal Ice House
320 East Prairie St., Crystal Lake
$6 adults, $5 seniors and kids younger than six years.
Come skate at one of the open skate times. They have special times for both adults only and everyone. Don’t own skates? Rent a pair for only $2.

Glacier Ice Arena
670 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills
Pricing varies, see website for exact pricing.
Glacier owns two NHL-sized ice rinks and has open skate every day of the week. They also have over 300 pairs of skates available for rental, so no need to worry if you don’t have your own skates.

Tilt Studio at Rink Side Sports
6152 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee (inside of Gurnee Mills)
Pricing varies, see website for exact pricing.
Come for the ice and stay to play. Tilt Studio has recently remodeled and added laser tag, 100 arcade games, glow golf, a coffee shop, and more.

Arcades in Lake County:

Indoor Play Places in Lake County
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Chuck E. Cheese 
700 N. Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills
1512 Nations Dr, Gurnee
4725 Northwest Hwy., Crystal Lake
This is probably the main place people think of when they want to go to an children’s arcade, and with good reason. The pizza has improved, and all games cost only one token. In addition, kids can enjoy a Chuck E. Cheese dance parties with free tickets every half an hour.

Dave & Busters
424 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills
With hundreds of video and arcade games like Pac-Man, Skee-Ball, Candy Crush and more, little kids, big kids, and kids at heart of any age will have hours of fun. Best day to go? For sure on a Wednesday, as all games are half price.

Lakeside Lanes
900 S. Lake Street, Mundelein
Come for the bowling, stay all day to play games. Lakeside Lanes just added a complete arcade with over 30 games including Skee-Ball, that is open to the public. Watch for a brand new laser tag arena to open soon.

Nickel City
555 S. Waukegan Rd., Northbrook
Who says arcades have to cost a small fortune? At Nickel City you play with just nickels and win great prizes. There even is a section with free, arcade-style games.

Tilt Studio at Rink Side Sports
6152 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee (inside Gurnee Mills)
Tilt Studio has recently remodeled and added laser tag, 100 arcade games, glow golf, a coffee shop, and more.

The People’s Choice Family Fun Center
2411 Grand Ave., Waukegan
This indoor play place contains 43,000 square feet of fun! With 150 arcade games, kid’s rides, video games, and glow in the dark mini-golf, there is something for everyone–even the adults!

Creative Play in Lake County:

Indoor Play Places in Lake County
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344 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville
Cost varies per craft.
If you’re in a creative mood, stop in to Artist@Heart and let your imagination soar. Pick a project and take as long as you need to perfect your creation. Choose from ceramics, pottery, painting and more. They also have artsy tots classes available for your crafty young kids.

Ceramics for You
1498 N. Main Street, Antioch
6695 Grand Ave., Suite D, Gurnee
Cost varies per craft.
If you’re looking for a more laid back activity to do with your kids that will last longer than a few hours, then make some art (along with memories!) at Ceramics For You. Try ceramics, canvas painting or glass fusing at one of the two locations.

Clay Monet
532 W. Rt. 22, Lake Zurich
Cost varies per craft.
Clay Monet has open crafting times seven days a week. With their extensive choice of ceramics to paint, your imagination and creativity are endless.

Color Me Mine
700 N. Milwaukee Ave.,  Suite 127, Vernon Hills
Cost varies per craft.
When your kids want to express their creativity, and you would like an art project that you can use over and over, head to Color Me mine for some quality crafty time. You and your kids can pick out a ceramic piece, paint it in any design you’d like, and they will fire it for you. Then come back and pick it up and you will have a piece of art to take home and use.

Cre8 Workshop
405 Lake Cook Road, Suite 205, Deerfield
Cost varies per craft.
Cre8 Workshop is a little piece of heaven for creatives (or more like a haven for a mom who likes to keep her house clean). Drop in and use their enormous array of supplies (paper punches, jewelry making tools, Cricuts, a drill press, laminators, binders and more) to work on your own projects, or you can purchase one of their projects to create. The crafty staff there can even help your kids with their school projects! Drop in for some creative time or sign up for a workshop.

Active Indoor Play in Lake County:

Indoor Play Places in Lake County
Photo source : Blast Zone Facebook Page

Blast Zone 
645 Lakeview Pkwy., Ste 100, Vernon Hills
Monday-Thursday $10; Friday – Sunday, $15.
 With a maze, giant climbing tower, carnival-type games, and a race course where you drive giant bathtubs, The Blast Zone offers new activities you might not have seen before.

Deerfield Treehouse
Jewett Park Community Center, 836 Jewett Park Dr., Deerfield
$3 per child
If your kids are at least three years old and under four feet tall, they will love the climbing, sliding, imaginative fun that’s on the upper level of the Jewett Park Community Center. Check the website for extra hours during school breaks.

2050 Tower Dr., Glenview
Each activity area is priced individually. See website for details.
Funtopia in Glenview features over 50 climbing objects and elements.  Only here you can your child climb a tall dinosaur, giraffe, spider wall, crawl through a cave, as well as scale a giant ropes course.  There is also a soft ropes course for kids younger than eight years old that also has a play place as well as a small rock climbing wall.

Kristoff’s Entertainment Center
421 W. Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach
Each activity is priced individually. See website for details. 
This is a play place for the sports enthusiast. With bowling, go karts, mini golf, batting cages, a huge arcade and more, you will find plenty to do here!

100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington
1150 Willow Road, Northbrook
Activities are priced individually. See website for details. 
Bowling, bocce, delicious food and coffee drinks sounds like a perfect place for a playdate! Tots playtime available. Choose your sport, order some appetizers, and have a fun afternoon! Check out Loralie’s review.

Rainbow Play Systems
300 Corporate Woods Pkwy, Vernon Hills
$5 per hour per child.
Too cold or messy to play outside? Don’t fret, you can still play on an indoor playground. Rainbow Play Systems opens up their warehouse for open play 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on weekdays for kids. They have multiple play structures as well as trampolines for use.

985 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich
$10.50 admission.
The 7,700-square-foot facility offers children a multi-level climbing structure with swinging bridges, enclosed slides, padded mats and ramps, swings, and a soft basketball court. They have a little cafe as well as cozy couches all over for parents to relax at.

Whirly Ball
285 Center Drive, Vernon Hills
Imagine if you combined lacrosse, basketball, and hockey with bumper cars… you’d get whirlyball! Geared more towards older kids (must be 4’6”) and adults, it’s a hilariously good time. See Little Lake County’s article What is Whirlyball to find out more.

Yu Kids Island
122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills
Monday – Thursday $10, Friday – Sunday $12 ,  Last hour of each day $5
Coming to Yu Kids is like stepping into the board game Candy Land. There are swinging balls to ride on, a climbing tower, a balloon room, and a small bounce house. Be aware they are strict about their height restriction. Kids must be shorter than 48″ to play and must wear socks. Read our 2015 review !

Where will you be battling boredom at on these cold, chilly days? 

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Tracy dreams of someday being considered a “cool” mom and she can still remember the days when she had time to put on makeup in the morning. She is a young, single, stay-at-home mom to an awesome little boy named Jayden. She recently graduated college with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has lived in various parts of Lake County her whole life. Every day, she and her son set off in her Jeep, rocking a pair of oversized sunglasses, in search of a new and exciting adventure to go on. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading, dancing, yoga, shopping, and pinning kid’s activities on Pinterest. She truly believes that if she was given enough Starbucks that she could rule the world.

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